Asia (2006)
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View towards the west

Raffles Hotel


Looking towards Orchard Road

Vehicles drive by below my window

Raffles Hotel

Raffles City and Swissotel

Central Business District and historical area

CBD by night

The shortest walkway ever!

Symbol of Japan

Welcome to Japan...

Immigration counters

Men on their laptops, also connected by phone

On board the Narita Express

And this is just the view of the rail network...

Narita Express, here I come

A middle-aged man reads his manga in the train

Quiet street near my hotel

My basic 10sqm room

Some pretty techy toilet!

Night buzz of Shinjuku

Bright neons of Shinkuju

Bustle of Yasukuni-dori Avenue

Side streets are also very busy

Tokyo the way people imagine it

More lights everywhere

All having a good Saturday night

Baseball practice fields

Another baseball practice place

A singer in Shinkuju

My first meal in Japan!

Recovering from a surely wild night

Here's the place I'm looking for

Empty Tsukiji fish market!

An old man is one of the rare people around

Ginza skyscrapers contrast with the fish market

The empty stalls of Tsukiji

A stall in the fish market

Small shrine near Tsukiji

A great choice of sushi!

Here's my full sushi set!

Preparing the restaurant for lunch time

Full choice of nigiri-sushi

Chef writing some offers on paper

Tsukiji Sushi Sen restaurant

Subway arriving

Ginza buildings next to the Moat of the Imperial Palace

Joggers near the Imperial Palace and Ginza business district

Japanese love to get their picture taken, of course

The classic view of the Nijubashi bridge and Imperial Palace

A group coming for pictures in front of the Imperial Palace

Pine trees and vertical buildings

Kikyo-mon Gate of the Imperial Palace

Modern beauty

A man cycles with his dog

Men resting in the park

Tokyo National Museum

Honkan building front

Jomon Vessel (3000-2000 BC)

Dawn of the Japanese Art

A beautiful statuette

Typical Japanese clay work

Reading about this Important Cultural Property piece

Seated Nikko Basatsu

An ancient Buddha statue

Admiring the Pine Trees by Hasegawa Tohaku

Fascination of the Japanese with this work

Detail of the 4 seasons landscape

Four seasons landscape

Samurai war equipment

Samurai swords

Japanese fashion

Snow and frozen pond

48 bronze statues

Avalokisevara statue

Gallery of Horyuji Treasures

Painter working on the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures

Set to continue painting

Gate of former warlord palace

People returning from Toshogu Shrine

Alley to Toshogu Shrine

Wishes of good fortune

Wishes in all languages

Toshogu Shrine

Deciphering inscriptions

Shinobazu Pond

The ducks rush to bread given out

Ducks in Shinobazu Pond

Benten-do Temple

Altar of Benten-do Temple

Ringing the gong

Enjoying a meal together

Benten-do Temple in the middle of Shinobazu Pond

Shinobazu Pond

An avid photographer

Poverty amidst riches

A poor homeless man eats on the floor

Benten-do Temple in the middle of Shinobazu Pond

Tank full of fugu fish

Fugu fish aquarium in a busy street

Screams from the roller coaster ride

An impressive vertical drop machine

Snoopy Town

Cos-play zoku girls

Fooling around in pretty extreme attire

Groups of cos-play-zoku girls

The gangs, near Harajuku station

Typically short skirts with high knickers or boots

Extravaganza of cos-play-zoku

The girls are very amused, as passer-bys watch

A few men join in as well

Eastern entrance to Meiji Garden

Beautiful dusk light on the tall trees

Offerings in Meiji Shrine Park

Entrance of Meiji Shrine

Inside the Meiji Shrine grounds

Writing wishes on wooden blocks

Placing wishes in Meiji Shrine

Also a notice for foreigners

And so even foreigners join in with wishes

Making wishes inside the shrine

Monks in Meiji Shrine

Beautiful alignment

Skyscraper seen from the Meiji Park

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office

Shinjuku tall buildings

The round building facing the TMG Towers

The Park Tower

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Towers

View of Shinjuku

Busy Yasukuni-Don Avenue

View of Sendagaya

Beautiful dawn silhouette of Mount Fuji

Western Tokyo

Western view from the Park Hyatt

TMG towers

TMG towers and western Shunjuku

View towards central Tokyo

Bright lights of Shinjuku

New York Cafe

Washington Hotel's stunning design

Lights of the Washington Hotel

Games in a loud room

Yodobashi store

A busy shopping street in western Shinjuku

My gyoza dinner

Japan rail in the evening

Sleeping or with an electronic gadget

Amusement Park

My local sushi dinner

Japanese dinner at the hotel

About to go to the onsen

The onsen dry room

Japanese bath

Foot massage machine

A whole manga collection on offer

Vitaliy's habu snake

Crowds at Shin-Yokohama station

Shinkansen platter

A small kiosk

A typical Japanese girl

Rail station crowd and shops

Young girl enjoying a free ride

Here comes our shinkansen

First view of Mount Fuji

The lady points out the sea

Mount Fuji towers over Central Honshu

Sleeping in the Shinkansen

Snowy landscapes

The sun is out again

Schoolchildren at the Kyoto train station

Entrance gate to Horyu-ji temple

Detail of a roof figure lion

Beauty of the site

A group of tourists gets a big picture taken

Entering the centre of Horyu-ji

Horyu-ji pagoda


Main shrine

Beautiful and massive wooden structure

The ancient bronze buddhas

Gold-covered Buddha

What a tourist!

Sun and wind brushing the temple building

Beautiful details on the roof

A tortuous old tree

Purifying water

Suddenly snow, in the Horyu-ji treasures museum

Lovely snow flakes at Horyu-ji

A simple side building at Horyu-ji

Snow storm at Horyu-ji!

The scene changes completely with the snow

Picturesque and timeless snow on Horyu-ji

Feeding the cheeky deer near Todai-ji

Curiosity meets fright

Those deer are hungry for more from the tourists

Here come the deer!

Deer food for sale

Feeding the deer in Nara

Welcome to Todai-ji

Cheeky deer of Todai-ji up close

Massive entrance to Todai-ji

Impressive wooden entrance

Splendid Todai-ji temple at sunset

How splendid is Todai-ji?

The biggest bronze Buddha in Japan at Todai-ji

Peace of the Buddha

Another bright bronze Buddha

Fearsome wooden warrior

The hole that brings luck to those who pass through it

Working my way inside the hole in the pillar

Making my way through the lucky hole

Squeezing my way out

Large butterfly on a decorative bronze vase

Peaceful sunset colours in the empty Todai-ji

Detail of Todai-ji's monumental facade

Quietness of Todai-ji

A few deer remain as the night falls

Simple light of Todai-ji's gate

An old wooden house

Koy carps

Charm of Japanese wooden houses

A simple pagoda in Nara

Shrine in Nara

Each shrine is unique

Having dinner

In our guesthouse

Looking at the map carefully...

Trying to figure out my next Carcassonne move

A side street of old houses

Waking up at breakfast

Imperial Gardens and Palace

Long walls of the Imperial Palace

Just look at this (cold) tourist...

A typical Japanese dog

Entrance of Ryokan-ji

A fierce protective guardian

Finesse of wooden decorations

Pagoda in Ryokan-ji temple complex

The main shrine of Ryokan-ji, on top of the hill

Bronze inscriptions on an incense burner

Tying prayers

Each detail is superb

Figurine on the roof's edge

Making an offering and a prayer

Ryokan-ji shrine

Light caresses the exquisite structure

Peaceful lake and colours

Wooden bridge and red gate

Simple elegance

The former mansion now hosting the zen garden

Simple beauty of the interiors

Crowds gather to see the zen garden

Makes you wonder...

Nature shaped by man

One of Japan's most famous zen gardens

Bronze bell

Calligraphy as a form of art

Light and shades in the soft and peaceful gardens

Pureness of lines going to a small building

Another quiet garden

A revered figure

The lake sits still

The splendid golden Pavillion

Snow falls gently on the Golden Pavillion

Coin offerings for good luck

Golden Pavillion in its natural setting

An old tea house

Tea ceremony setting

Last views of the Golden Pavillion

I love Japanese architecture!

Kanji sign for "big" in the mountain

Gates leading to the shrine

Entrance of the shrine with two cones

The main shrine, surrounded by water and gardens

A woman leaves her consultation with a priest

Inside the main shrine building

Where one can be purified before entering the shrine

Entrance of a small shrine on a hill

Lanterns in the small shrine

Simple offerings in a small shrine

The basic altar

Me and a pagoda friend

Fellow traveller and photographer

Beautifully simple lines and shades

Silhouette of the shrine's entrance

A man-pulled cart for tourists

Arriving at Shiyozomu temple on top of the hill

View onto Kyoto

Snow blesses our visit

The most gorgeous ritual fountain

Take water if you dare

The main building

A splendid site on the hillside

Inside the main building

The famous fountain bringing luck

Gorgeous temple and setting

Rich and bright shrine

Amazing nature around ...

Taking water for luck

Vitaliy gets a special angle

The site on the hill's slope

Toji pagoda - the country's tallest

Entering the grounds of Toji temple

Lake reflection of the pagoda

Red and white of winter in Kyoto

Kyoto Tower

Entering Nishi...

Bottom of a light decoration

Elegant doors to a temple building

Praying peacefully

Snow forms new shapes on the wooden passageway

Richness of the shrine

Music-playing apsara

Golden room on the side

Nishi... temple

My last dragon fountain

Full length of the Noizumo Shinkansen

We meet a maiko on the train platform

What goes on in her mind?

Individual houses near Orchard Road

The Regalia - where Tanguy used to live

Swimming pool at the Regalia

River seen from Robertson Quay

Dashing through Singapore in the taxi

The pool of the Carlton Hotel

Night view of the CBD

A toast to our future!

The night safari show

Singapore MRT

MRT station of Dhoby Gaut

Arrival in Little India

Contrasting architecture

All sorts of Indian models

A fully stocked shop

Indians queuing to send money home

Looking at Indian decorations

Sri Veeramakaliamman temple

Hindu Temple entrance

The amazing figurines of the entrance

Bells on the door moved by worshippers

Decorative flowers

Assembling flowers

Mosque in Little India

Eating at the Thai Express

Having lunch at the Thai Express

Pond at the Botanical Gardens

Turtles in the pond

Vegetation of the Botanical Gardens

At the Orchid Gardens

Orchid Gardens

Frail orchids

Exploring the Orchid Gardens

Lovely orchid

Grotesque statuettes

All sorts of colours


Amusing statuette

Beautiful orchid

Orchid arch

Lawns and lake

Resting on the lawn

Frangipane flowers



Dining at Halia Restaurant

Me in Singapore

Lunch at the Japanese Sun restaurant

The Merlion in front of the CBD

Tea ceremony for Japanese tourists

Maya Ubud dining area

Paddy fields near Gunung Kawi

Gunung Kawi temple

Gentle water near Gunung Kawi

The stream running through Gunung Kawi


Temple carved in the hill of Gunung Kawi

More shrines in Gunung Kawi

Worshippers in Tirta Empul's waters

Bathing in Tirta Empul

Coming to a shrine in Tirta Empul

Lake Batur

Preparations for festivities


Creating decorations

View of Lake Batur

Mount Batur

Making sculptures

Offerings to a statuette

Building new statues

Preparing for a ceremony

Batur Temple entrance

Inside Batur Temple

Cafe Lotus, Ubud

Lotus flower

Girls playing around

Details of a temple entrance

Kecak dance

The entranced dancer has finished walking in fire

Morning walk in Maya Ubud hotel

Calm of the morning countryside

Scarecrows in the paddy fields

Close-up on the bats

Constant activity and noise of bats in Goa Lawah

Goa Lawah's temple and bats

A proud owner of fighting cocks

Strange colour for these fighting cocks

New Tenganan village centre

Offerings to an old statuette

New Tenganan village from the top

Candi Dasa lotus pond

Candi Dasa boat by the sea

Women picking flowers

Interrupted by us while picking flowers

Flower collection in the fields

Paddy fields

Life in the paddy fields

Beautiful paddy field view

Distinctively beautiful rice terraces

Working in the paddy fields

Working the land

Women at work

Maya Ubud pool

Chairs by the pool

The pool - Maya Ubud

Maya Ubud pool

The pool of Maya Ubud

Another lovely area by the pool

Flowers and vegetation abound

Private villas of Maya Ubud

The view towards the Spa of Maya Ubud

Beautiful flower

The Spa area - Maya Ubud

Maya Ubud's second pool

A dragonfly at rest

What is this young girl doing?

Preparations for another cremation in Ubud

This is what it's all about!

The men wait to carry the huge tower

The transfer from the Peliatan temple to the procession will soon begin

A symbolic dragon

Parading princess

One of the guards awaits

Here come the dancers

The coffin arrives

Bringing the coffin out of the temple

Lifting the coffin to the tower

Tying the coffin to the tower

Riding the bull

The procession is about to begin

Princess being carried in the procession

Waiting for the rest of the procession

What is the rest of the procession doing?

Joking around between breaks

A kid rides on the bull cart

Carrying the load

Musicians in the procession

The priest

Presiding over part of the procession

Impressive procession

Trying to make it to the cemetary

The tower reaches the cemetary

Bringing down the gold at the top of the tower

Site of the burning in the cemetary

Bringing the coffin down from the tower to the bull

Opening up the bull to receive the corpse

Transferring the corpse into the bull

The bull is set on fire

Amazing flames of the cremation

Towards the end of the cremation

Goa Gajah temple

Statues of Goa Gajah

Kids on Ahmed Beach

A beach near Ahmed

Kids playing on the beach

Ahmed restaurant

Me in Ahmed

Perahu boats in Ahmed

Padangbai from the ferry

A boat in the Padangbai bay

Wehda on the ferry to Lombok

The ferry from Bali to Lombok

Dining at the Novotel Kuta Lombok

Novotel Kuta pool at night

Novotel Kuta beach

Towards the bay at Novotel Kuta

A Japanese couple walks away from local offers

Local children selling their wares

The bay and village near Novotel Kuta

Tanjung Aan beach

The sea near Kuta

Novotel Kuta Lombok

Close-up on the Novotel Kuta Lombok

The bay of Kuta Lombok

A fisherman crosses the lagoon

Fishermen come back with their catch

Fishermen huts on the beach near Kuta

Not much to see at the Pura Meru temple

A beautiful lone tree on top of a valley

Our first glimpse of the Jeruk Manis waterfall

Jeruk Manis waterfall

Jeruk Manis waterfall

Fly warming up on a strange tree

A glimpse of a black monkey

Three girls come to observe us

Quiet social life in the village of Sade

A young calf and its protective mother

A granary built in traditional Sasak style

Calf and cows

A woman asks me to take her picture

Preparing a meal

Traditional house in Sade village

Charm of Sade village

Novotel beach at sunset

Merpati flight from Lombok to Bali

International SOS clinic in Bali

Monkeys everywhere at Uluwatu

Child at a ceremony

Life's tough

Ceremony day at Uluwatu

Offerings by women

The procession

Uluwatu entrance

Cliffs of Uluwatu

Only monkeys can throw litter anywhere

Uluwatu temple on the cliff

The famous Tanah Lot temple

Next to Tanah Lot

Guarded paddy fields

Learning to dance

The waterfall... at last!

Central Singapore

Singapore from the top

Office area

The DHL balloon

Singapore center by night

A boat slowly enters the Singapore River

The marina by night

Me at Indochine restaurant

Old warehouse by the river

Palace temple

The Emerald Buddha

Royal Palace

Temple in Bangkok

Our Bangkok hotel

The new Bangkok airport

My second home dinner

Running the race!

Running the race!

View of Singapore from the sea

Mosque in Male

Coast guard ships

Sitting on the dock of bay

The welcoming beach

Jetty at night

The lights of the jetty and city

Cocktail glasses

Full view of the Laguna Resort island

The sand bank from which to snorkel

Local life in Maafushi

Arriving in Maafushi

Boat to our rescue

Shopping street

Explaining houses built from coral

A young girl walks by

Quiet streets

Looking after her brother

Curious young boy

Boy and bicycle

Quiet life in Maafushi

Catering for tourists

Going for a ride

Biyadoo resort

Heron fishing on the beach

Heron out to fish in the water

Young blacktip reef shark

Perched heron

Crabs by the lagoon

The welcoming beach of Laguna

The jetty towards the resort

Trading goods in Male

A local school with plenty of slogans

Waiting for the New Year at Harbourfront



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